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So, with a tip of the hat to Hugh, we dusted off part one of our Johnny Mercer centenary audio salute from five years ago. Well, we couldn't think of a better way to close out the first week of Mark's book launch than with the second part of that centenary tribute. Steyn and Hewitt spent three hours on the radio together last week, discussing the new book's content, both serious and less so, And in the course of those hours together Hugh again brought up Mark's essay on Johnny Mercer:
These SteynOnline audio specials were first broadcast to mark the one hundredth anniversary of his birth, on November 18th 1909 in Savannah, Georgia. You can hear the first part of our centenary podcast here - and here from a month later in 2009 is Part Two, which includes such classic songs as "Fools Rush In", "Summer Wind", "I Remember You", "Skylark", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Day In, Day Out" plus the ornithological Johnny Mercer, the seasonal Johnny Mercer, and some great saloon songs - sung by Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Eydie Gorme, Willie Nelson, Nancy LaMott, Frank Ifield, Bow Wow Wow plus lots of Sinatra singing and lots of Mercer singing, too. Simply press play up above - and be singing along within seconds.
Part One introduces the Mercer catalogue with "Moon River", "Jeepers Creepers", "Too Marvelous For Words", "Ac-Cen-Tchu-Ate The Positive", "That Old Black Magic" and many more sung by the likes of Billie Holiday, Fred Astaire, k d lang, Louis Armstrong, Rita Hayworth, the Mills Brothers, Rosemary Clooney, Clint Eastwood and more.
"Moon River And Me", Mark's essay on Mercer, appears in The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, which is published this week in the US and Canada. You can buy it now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million in America, or Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson north of the border. Or, for instant gratification, get it in eBook - in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks.
And join us Sunday at SteynOnline for Steyn's Song of the Week.
from On the Town, October 25, 2014
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